Woman Leaders of the World Politics and Political Masculinities: A Semiotic Analysis

Keywords: political masculinities, women leaders, semiotics, Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Federica Mogherini

Abstract

The aim of this article is to seek the answers for the question of how the images of women leaders are presented in international media. For this inquiry, three of Europe’s most influential female leaders namely Angela Merkel (Germany), Theresa May (Great Britain) and Federica Mogherini (EU) were chosen. In this article, selected images of Merkel, May and Mogherini were analysed in the light of the political masculinities literature from a social visual semiotics perspective. It is believed that such an analysis will contribute to the debates about gender(ed) aspect of international relations as well as the current debates on political masculinities. This study also attempts to hint at how the streotypical representations can be challenged by different actors’ representations of different facets of political representations in domestic and international politics.

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Published
2019-08-23
How to Cite
Balamir Coşkun, B., & Akyüz, S. (2019). Woman Leaders of the World Politics and Political Masculinities: A Semiotic Analysis. Kadın/Woman 2000, Journal for Womens Studies, 20(2), 91-110. https://doi.org/10.33831/jws.v20i2.85